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White House Correspondents Dinner

Video courtesy CSPAN
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President's NSA Proposals

(White House document)
THE WHITE HOUSE  Office of the Press Secretary  For Immediate Release January 17, 2014    PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-28  SUBJECT: Signals...

Oct. 11, 1910: Teddy Roosevelt Goes for a Plane Ride

WWR
Amusing little video from Oct. 11, 1910: Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt became the first President (in or...

Secret Service Tackles Guy at White House

Paul Brandus
  The Secret Service tonight says the man arrested for tossing lit firecrackers over the White...

National Emergency Re: Terrorism

(White House release)
  THE WHITE HOUSE    Office of the Press Secretary  For Immediate Release September 10, 2013    TO THE CONGRESS OF...

September 11: Patriot Day

(White House release)
    THE WHITE HOUSE  Office of the Press Secretary  For Immediate Release September 10, 2013  PATRIOT DAY AND NATIONAL...

Obama Remains Popular on World Stage - Just Not As Much

Andrew Kohut / Pew Global Research
  As President Obama heads to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg this week he remains...

Photo of the Day: August 1

Snowden's Asylum Document

via Russian news agencies
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Picture of the Day

White House Photo
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Evening Read: Energy Independence is A Dumb Idea

Michael Fitzsimmons
  In an amazing interview given during the Committee of 100 U.S.-China relations conference, Charlie Munger...

You'll Never Believe What JFK Said Hours Before His Murder

Paul Brandus
It was the morning of November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy was in Fort...

Look Who's Ahead in GOP/2016 Race

  Looks like no clear favorite in the race for the GOP nomination in 2016.  A Marist-McClatchy poll out...

Photo of the Day: July 24

41 Shaves Head for Solidarity With Cancer Patient

West Wing Reports
  Love this! Former President George H.W. Bush shaved his head to show solidarity with Patrick, the...

President May Regret Saying This

West Wing Reports
The next time President Obama plays golf - and during next month's planned vacation on...

President's Statement on Zimmerman Verdict

(White House statement)
(just released by White House)     THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14,...

Jimmy Fallon on Biden, Weiner

(via NBC)
Jimmy nails it.            ...

Egypt in Turmoil: Obama Cautious

(White House statement)
  Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt   As I have said since the Egyptian Revolution, the...

Snowden Charged With Espionage: Read the Charges

(Released Friday evening)
  At") 9i (Rev. Criminal Compiaint DISTRTICT ti for the Eastern District i A United States V. V-1...

White House Confirms Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons

(White House statement)
  THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 13, 2013   Statement by Deputy National Security...

This is a GREAT Editorial Cartoon

David Pope / Canberra (Australia) Times
David Pope of Australia's Canberra Times is regarded as one of that country's greatest editoral...

On Verizon and the National Security Agency

Paul Brandus
    There has been pushback today to the news last night that the super-secret National Security...

Would You Want THIS Job?

Paul Brandus
...

I Went To the Jersey Beach and All I Got Was This Dumb (Made in China) Stuffed Bear

President inspects Sandy Recovery Efforts

Paul Brandus
The President won this stuffed "Chicago" Bear even though he failed - on five tries...

John F. Kennedy at Arlington in 1963 - "I Could Stay Here Forever..."

Paul Brandus
When President John F. Kennedy visited Arlington National Cemetery in 1963, he was so taken...

Tornado Update: President's Call w/Okla. Gov.

(White House release)
  (from the White House tonight) This evening the President spoke with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to...

President on Treasury Investigation Into IRS

(White House statement, May 14, 2013)
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 14, 2013   Statement by the President   I have now had the opportunity to review...

A Top Journalist Trashes His Profession - WIth Good Reason

Kevin McCauley, O'Dwyer's
  Mon., May 13, 2013 Pelley Warns 'Journalism's House is on Fire'     When it comes to heavyweights in...

Only 9 Holes of Golf? Looks Fishy

Paul Brandus (May 1, 2013)
Sunday, May 1, 2011, was a beautiful day. As he often does, President Obama played...

Readout of Obama-Putin Call

(White House readout)
  Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin   President Obama spoke by phone today with President...

Kissing Secretaries of State

Powell & Albright pucker up

Paul Brandus (Apr. 27, 2013)
The best picture I ever took at a White House Correspondents dinner. Was chatting in...

The Speech Bill Clinton Never Delivered

...pre-empted by tragedy

President Obama tonight has to tread carefully. Speeches before the White House Correspondents dinner are...

New Benghazi Report: 2016 Trouble for Hillary?

David Drucker, Roll Call (Apr. 24, 2013)
  A House Republican investigation into the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya,...

Moment of Silence

White House Photo: Pete Souza (Apr. 22, 2013)
President Obama joining in at 2:50 ET Monday for a moment of silence - one...

Rubio Targets Fellow Conservatives on Immigration

Meredith Shiner, Roll Call (Apr. 22, 2013)
  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is running a campaign-style press operation to push an immigration overhaul, a...

The Gun Bill: President's Angry Reaction

(White House transcript)
  President's angry comments after the Senate rejected the deal on expanded gun background checks:  PRESIDENT BARACK...

Background Checks: How Your Senator Voted

(U.S. Senate data)
  S.Amdt. 715 to S. 649 (Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of2013) Statement of Purpose: To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure...

Tears for a Little Boy

Boston Globe Staff (Apr. 16. 2013)
From Boston.com:    Grief-stricken neighbors today described Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy killed in the Boston...

President's Briefing on Boston Attack

Paul Brandus (Apr. 15, 2013)
The White House says tonight that President Obama received briefings from FBI Director Robert Mueller...

President's Statement on Boston Attack

(White House transcript)
  THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release                               April 15, 2013     STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT   James...

Done with your taxes? Not so fast.

108 days of work needed

Paul Brandus (Apr. 14 2013)
  Happy tax day! Now get back to work.  That's because “Tax Freedom Day” – when you’ve worked...

Today's Congressional Schedule

Roll Call (Apr. 11, 2013)
Today at a Glance: April 11, 2013     The Senate votes at 11 a.m. to cut off...

Photo of the Day: Apr. 9

(White House Photo/Pete Souza)
Jillian Soto leaving AF1 last night with President Obama. Soto's sister, Victoria, was a teacher...

The Best Margaret Thatcher Quotes

April 8, 2013
1. Pennies don’t fall from heaven – they have to be earned here on earth. 2....

Riding in a Tank - Sometimes It Helps, Sometimes It Doesn't

Thatcher vs. Dukakis

Paul Brandus (Apr. 8, 2013)
Of politics, it is often said that "perception is reality." Here's a good example: the...

Thatcher Warns of Global Warming

Paul Brandus (Apr. 8, 2013)
Conservatives praising Margaret Thatcher today seem to forget two things about her. In addition to...

President's Statement on Margaret Thatcher

(White House statement, Apr. 8, 2013)
  Statement from the President on the Passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher With the passing of Baroness...

The Most Popular Photo the U.S. Government Owns

Paul Brandus (Apr. 7, 2013)
Odd Couple: This photo of President Nixon and Elvis Presley remains the most requested item...

Huh? A Lousy Jobs Number, Yet the Unemployment Rate FALLS?

...a 30-second explanation

Paul Brandus (Apr. 5, 2013)
  How on earth could the March unemployment rate fall to 7.6% - when the economy...

President's Statement on Roger Ebert

(White House statement - Apr. 4, 2013)
  The White House released this a short while ago:    Statement by the President on the Passing...

AF1 Pool Report - En Route Denver

Pool Report
  For Immediate Release                              April 3, 2013          MR. CARNEY:  Thanks for joining us today on our...

Stat of the Day: How Rich is Your Congressman?

...richer than you

Paul Brandus (Apr. 2, 2013)
How rich is your Congressman? Chances are he or she is richer than you -...

Who Watches Cable News? Almost No One

Paul Brandus (Mar. 29, 2013)
For all the buzz cable news gets, it's worth mentioning that few people actually watch...

The Nerdiest President's Beach Wear

...wingtips???

Paul Brandus (Mar. 28, 2013)
One reason Richard Nixon was considered one of the nerdiest Presidents is that he had...

Question of the Day

Gay marriage: what should the Supreme Court do?

Paul Brandus (Mar. 26, 2013)
Today's Issue: Gay marriage. What do you think the Supreme Court should do - and...

Contacting the Secret Service

...nationwide & global contact info

ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM 205-731-1144   MOBILE 251-441-5851   MONTGOMERY 334-223-7601 ALASKA ANCHORAGE 907-271-5148 ARIZONA PHOENIX 602-640-5580   TUCSON 520-622-6822 ARKANSAS LITTLE ROCK 501-324-6241 CALIFORNIA FRESNO 559-487-5204   LOS ANGELES 213-894-4830   RIVERSIDE 951-276-6781   SACRAMENTO 916-325-5481   SAN DIEGO...

President's Speech in Israel

official transcript
  President's speech earlier Thursday to, as the White House put it: "the people of Israel."...

Revelation: Obama Hit as a Schoolboy

...for being left-handed

POOL REPORT
  Jerusalam Pool Report: When they (President Obama and prime Minister Netanyahu) entered the home, they...

Today's Big Lie: Bachmann Fails Math - Again

Way off on food stamp claim

Glenn Kessler, Washington Post (Mar. 19, 2013)
Today's Big Lie comes fron the lips of Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Here's what she...

White House Statement on Iraq

...Iraq, 10 years later

White House statement (Mar. 19, 2003)
  Here's what President Obama had to say today about the 10th anniversary of the Iraq...

Presidential Trips to Israel: Few Bothered to Go

...data from presidential libraries is revealing

Paul Brandus
  It's true that Barack Obama, as president, hasn't visited the Jewish state - until now....

Obama's Middle East Itinerary

Transcript from Thursday briefing on Mideast trip
  What's the President doing in the Middle East next week? Here's part of today's briefing...

West Wing Floor Plan - Smaller Than You Think

Paul Brandus (Mar. 13, 2013)
The West Wing is really pretty tiny. The biggest room, of course, is the Oval...

White House Statement on the New Pope

Mar. 13, 2013
White House released this from President Obama a short while ago on Pope Francis:      On behalf...

EPA Backs Off from Water Project. But...

Pro Publica: drinking supply at risk

Abraham Lustgarten (Mar. 13, 2013)
This originally appeared in Pro Publica:  When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale...

Can Obamacare Be Defunded?

...long, uphill fight

Paul Brandus (Mar. 12, 2013)
  Defunding Obamacare is a centerpiece of Paul Ryan's budget plan that he's releasing today. Ryan...

Waiting out the Rain

President waiting for the rain to ease up Tuesday

White House Photo/Pete Souza
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Morning Briefing: Mar. 11

...a quick look at the headlines

Paul Brandus (Mar. 11, 2013)
President's GOP Outreach Picks Up Steam Last week, Obama had dinner with a dozen Republican Senators,...

Dolley Madison Saved THIS

...Gilbert Stuart's portrait of Washington

Paul Brandus (Mar. 11, 2013)
Just hours before the British set fire to the White House, First Lady Dolley Madison...

The Week's Best Videos

...nothing to do with the White House - just fun stuff

Curated by Storyful
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Gridiron Dinner: President, Congress Skewered with Jokes

Pool Report (Mar. 9, 2013)
Details on tonight's white-tie and tails Gridiron dinner - as provided by tonight's pooler, John Fritze...

Photo of the Day: Rand Paul Heads Home

Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP
All alone: or so it appears in this AP photo, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)...

Keeping the Govt. Running: Democrats Have Bigger Goals

Kerry Young, Roll Call Staff (Mar. 6, 2013)
  The continuing resolution that will come out of the Senate will almost certainly be a...

Obama Blasts GOP Obstructionism on Judge

Paul Brandus (Mar. 6, 2013)
  An angry statement from President Obama today over the Senate's continued blocking of Caitlin Halligan...

Ahhh....THIS President Knew How to Beat the Snow

Paul Brandus (Mar. 6, 2013)
Harry Truman, who lived to the ripe old age of 88, stayed in shape by...

Bo In the White House Snow

White House Photo (2010)
Now that White House tours have been cancelled - blame it on the sequester -...

Obama Appeals to Venezuelan People

...moving quickly after Chavez death

Paul Brandus (Mar. 5, 2013)
The White House is already looking beyond Hugo Chavez - just hours after the Venezuelan...

Lincoln's Assassin Eyes His Prey

...looks down on President at Inaugural

Paul Brandus (Mar. 4, 2013)
On This Day...in 1865: President Abraham Lincoln ws sworn in for a secnd term and...

Ronald Reagan on the White House Press Corps

Paul Brandus (Mar. 3, 2013)
  Amid the never ending tug of war between the President (any President) and the White...

Who Did the President Pardon?

Paul Brandus (Mar. 1, 2013)
President Obama granted pardons to 17 people today. Here's the list released by the White...

National Debt: Up, Up, Up

Paul Brandus (Mar. 1, 2013)
New figures today on the national debt. According to the Treasury Department, It is, as...

Which President was this directed at?

This complaint was sent to which President? First correct guess wins a WWR t-shirt. "Dear Mr....

Most Bizarre Photo Ever - and Caption Contest

...Rodman meets North Korean leader

Paul Brandus (Feb. 28, 2013)
  What to make of this photo of Dennis Rodman - the NBA Hall of Famer,...

American Hero: Statue of Rosa Parks Unveiled

...standing proudly in Statuary Hall

Paul Brandus (Feb. 27, 2013)
Rosa Parks today took her place among the giants of American history when her statue...

Photo of the Day

Relative of the late Rosa Parks meets the President

Tom Williams /CQ Roll Call
You can read the incredible story of Rosa Parks - a true American hero who...

Pool Report from Air Force One (Feb. 26)

...sequester, Afghanistan, Hagel, more

Zach Goldfarb / Washington Post
Quick highlights from Carney gaggle aboard AF1…Only tidbits given time constraints.  Please see full transcript. --Afghanistan:...

Israeli Reaction to Hagel Confirmation

(Israeli Ambassador Oren)
This tonight from Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the United States: "Under the Obama Administration, security...

Global Energy Outlook for 2013

...oil to rule over next decade

Energy Information Administration
  Crude oil production, particularly from tight oil plays, rises sharply over the next decade figure dataThe...

Best Oscars Moment EVER: The Streaker

the best part: David Niven's response

Paul Brandus (Feb. 24, 2013)
In 1974, David Niven, cool as a cucumber, after a man somehow got through security...

Michelle Obama Gettin' Jiggy With Jimmy Fallon

Paul Brandus (Feb. 23, 2013)
It's hard to see a more sedate First Lady - say Mamie Eisenhower or Lady...

GOP Sneers at President's Phone Calls

It's YOUR fault. No it's not. Yes, it is

Paul Brandus (Feb. 22, 2013)
You may have heard that President Obama called the top Republicans on Capitol Hill -...

Woodward: President "moving the goal posts" on sequester

...breaking terms of 2011 deal

Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward - one half of the reporting team that sank...

Senator Fathers Child...with another's Daughter

Associated Press (Feb. 20, 2013)
From the Associated Press:  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico fathered a...

First Lady's Official Photo

...bangs are in

What do you think?  ...

Quote of the Day: Feb. 19

James Madison
  “Philosophy is common sense with big words."  -James Madison ...

Presidential Trivia (Part I)

...stuff you may not know

Paul Brandus (Feb. 18, 2013)
On this Presidents Day...some things you may not know about the 43 men who have...

Presidential Trivia (Part II)

...stuff you might not know

Paul Brandus (Feb. 18, 2013)
Presidents Day trivia...Round Two. Did you know:  Eight Presidents were left handed. Fourteen Presidents were previously Vice-Presidents. Youngest...

Complaint Filed Against White House Press Office

...ignores long-standing protocol

Paul Brandus (Feb. 17, 2013)
  The Obama press office, which often ignores decades-long rules of protocol with the White House...

Separate Vacations for the Obamas?

...First Lady reportedly skiing

Paul Brandus (Feb. 15, 2013)
After a gun violence event in Chicago today, President Obama heads to West Palm Beach,...

Chester Arthur: the Indignity!

...presidential home now a grocery store

Brian Adams / Mental Floss
At 2:15 a.m. on September 20, 1881, Vice President Chester A. Arthur became the 21st...

Quote of the Day: Saturday, Feb. 9

John Quincy Adams
 "You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom....

Awww. Snow Dogs.

Mea Aloha K Spady
...

Finding Nemo - Look at THIS

...Monster storm barrels North

Paul Brandus (Feb. 8, 2013)
From NASA: A massive winter storm is coming together as two low pressure systems are merging...

Reagan and Obama: Many Things in Common - Like This:

...they shared the same photographer

Paul Brandus (Feb. 6, 2013)
Tighter gun control. Cap and trade to help the environment: Just two things Barack Obama...

The Best Book on President Reagan

...Lou Cannon's "The Role of a Lifetime"

If you have time to read just one book on the Reagan presidency, WWR recommends...

Irony of the Day

Cheney Opposed Iraq Invasion - in 1991

Paul Brandus (Jan. 16, 2013)
Today is the 22nd anniversary of Operation Desert Storm - in which the United States...

Fiscal Cliff Update

A short video

Not looking like a white Christmas this year. So this will have to do. (Photo/WWR) ...

In Newtown

Along with the Situation Room photo during the bin-Laden raid, the picture released in Newtown...

White House Christmas Card

  2012 White House Christmas card. Autopen edition                      ...

Photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg?

The Only Photo of Lincoln at Gettysburg? This photo (cropped, the full version is below) found...
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1945: Truman Hints of a "New Weapon"...